Heirs Chosen at Random and 6 Other Incredible Inheritance Tales

What could be more exciting than to unexpectedly receive a fortune? We shouldn't count on it, but most of us dream about it, and a lucky few actually experience it.

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Ever daydream about coming into a sudden fortune? It’s a common fantasy. And, while we shouldn’t count on it, this fantasy does come true on occasion. Through strange and sometimes bizarre circumstances, the poor are elevated to the ranks of the very wealthy. What follows are six true stories of people — and animals — who got rich from surprise inheritances, and one story of a guy who nearly got away with stealing a massive estate.

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